Rewind with Ellen hosts Ellen J. Wanjiru and Mullet Carter chat with the director Winter Dunn (Jezebel, Junebug) and Tony Award actress and activist Mikayla Lashae Barthélemy (King Richard, Pure) on the short film ‘DEAR MOM,’ which explores the struggle of a widowed husband/father unable to come to terms with the death of his wife and a young art rap fan, trying to hold on to his mother’s last bits through Tupac’s music and the camera of her mother – both a lifeline when she feels most lost. Watch episode 21 below!
Through the lens of hip hop’s cultural impact and an intimate focus on black family dynamics at work through compounding calamity, Tanisha (Bartholomew) and Nate (Garland Scott) are forced to confront how they hurt each other. , before taking the first steps to cure.
Produced by a group of Film Independent’s 2021 project involves comrades, the short film is female-led, led by a majority BIPOC cast and crew, almost entirely female. Dunn directed and developed the short alongside writer Charmaine Cleveland and producers Nicole Mairose Dizon and Xin Li, and received the Amazon Studios Film Fellowship 2021 for her work as a director on the project, including a $10,000 grant. Producer Xin Li was also awarded the Los Angeles Media Fund Scholarship for his work on the film.